How to Burn a Windows 10 ISO File to a DVD

To install Windows 10 from scratch on a computer (or to repair an already installed instance of Windows 10 on a computer), the most important ingredient required is a bootable Windows 10 installation media. The installation media can be anything from a USB drive to a CD/DVD – as long as it has all the required Windows 10 setup files on it and is bootable (i.e. computers can boot from it), it will get the job done. In today’s day and age, most users simply create a bootable Windows 10 installation USB when they require a Windows 10 installation media. However, not everyone has a spare USB drive lying around that they can turn into a bootable Windows 10 installation USB. Once you turn a USB drive into a bootable Windows 10 installation media, you can’t use it for any other purpose unless it is no longer a Windows 10 installation medium.

That being the case, some people would actually prefer having a bootable Windows 10 installation DVD instead, since dedicating a DVD to being a bootable installation medium is much more tolerable than dedicating a USB drive to the task. To create a bootable Windows 10 installation DVD, you need to burn a Windows 10 ISO file to it.

Burning a Windows 10 ISO file to a DVD is actually a pretty simple and easy to follow procedure. However, before you can move on to actually burning a Windows 10 ISO to a DVD, you need to acquire a Windows 10 ISO file. To get your hands on a Windows 10 ISO file, simply download the Media Creation Tool from here, run it and use it to create a Windows 10 ISO file that you can later use to create a Windows 10 installation medium.

Once you have your Windows 10 ISO file, you can move on to actually burning the ISO file to a DVD and turning the DVD into a bootable Windows 10 installation DVD. Now you can go about doing so two different ways – you can either use Windows’ built-in disc burning utility for the task or a third-party alternative.

Burning a Windows 10 ISO to a DVD using Windows’ built-in utility

If you would like to burn the Windows 10 ISO file you have to a DVD using the built-in disc burning utility that Windows comes with, simply:

  1. Insert a blank, writable DVD into your computer’s CD/DVD drive.
  2. Press the Windows Logo key + E to open the File Explorer.
  3. In the File Explorer, navigate to the location on your computer where the Windows 10 ISO file is stored.
  4. Locate the Windows 10 ISO file, right-click on it and click on Burn disc image in the resulting context menu. Doing so will bring up the Burn Disc Image utility (if you’re using Windows 7) or the Windows Disc Image Burner utility (if you’re using Windows 8 or later). 
  5. Open the dropdown menu located directly next to the Disc burner: option and click on your computer’s CD/DVD drive to select it. 
  6. Click on Burn and let the disc burning utility do the rest. 

Once the utility is done burning the ISO file to the DVD, the DVD will become a Windows 10 installation DVD that you can boot computers from.

Burning a Windows 10 ISO to a DVD using ImgBurn

If you are, for some reason, not seeing the Burn disc image option in the context menu for ISO files on your computer, if Windows’ built-in disc burning utility is unable to burn the Windows 10 ISO to a DVD or if you simply want to use an alternative to Windows’ built-in disc burning utility, you can use ImgBurn to get the job done. If you would like to use ImgBurn to burn a Windows 10 ISO to a DVD and create a bootable Windows 10 installation DVD, you need to:

  1. Go here and download the installer for ImgBurn.
  2. Launch the installer for the program and follow the onscreen instructions to install it. Be sure to select Custom when the installer asks you what kind of installation you want and disable the Install Razor Web option by unchecking the checkbox located directly beside it during the installation. 
  3. Once it has been installed, launch ImgBurn.
  4. Click on Write image file to disc.
  5. Click on the Browse button under the Source section, navigate to where the Windows 10 ISO file is stored and select it. 
  6. Click on the Write button. As soon as you do so, ImgBurn will begin burning the Windows 10 ISO to the DVD, turning the DVD into a bootable Windows 10 installation DVD. All you need to do during all this is wait for ImgBurn to complete the process.

Kevin Arrows


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